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Don Bosco and Tezpur Universities agree to collaborate

By C.M. Paul
Pro-Vice Chancellors Prof. Amar Jyoti Choudhury and Fr Joseph Nellanatt sign the agreement, 17 October 2014.
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Guwahati, Oct. 17.  In a landmark decision, a Central and a State private university in Assam agreed to collaborate in four areas.

They signed a memorandum on Friday 17 October at Guwahati agreeing to exchange teachers and students, and have joint research projects and to share resources in the areas of Chemical Sciences, Food Engineering, Physics & Nanotechnology, and Computer Science Engineering.
Pro-Vice Chancellors of both universities signed the Memorandum of Agreement(MoA).

''We are happy to sign this agreement with Assam Don Bosco University, though a very young university, they are quite at par with us. It is for mutual enrichment, and with activities selectively pursued, both our universities can go along working together,'' said Tezpur University Pro-Vice Chancellor Prof. Amar Jyoti Choudhury.

Reiterating the same sentiments Vice Chancellor of Don Bosco University Dr Stephen Mavely added, ''for us it is a privilege to work with a central university. We hope to take this forward as a model of collaboration between universities.''

The MoA also envisages joint research projects between the two universities involving DBT, DST and other funding agencies, access to and use of the Sophisticated Instrumentation Facilities at both the universities, faculty exchange, and joint faculty development programmes sharing resource persons visiting the two universities from India and abroad.

The MOA also allows the students and staff of ADBU access to DEIT-assisted MEMS fabrication facilities available at TU-for training programmes and fabrication.

The memorandum of agreement between the two universities is applicable initially for a period of five years starting 17th October 2014.

Some of the specific areas of collaboration include:

Between Prof. Ramesh Deka and Prof. N. Karak of TU and Prof. JN Vishwakarma of ADBU: in Theoretical Chemistry & Catalysis

Dr. D. Mohanta and Dr. P. Deb of TU and Dr. Sunandan Baruah and Dr. Monmoyuri Baruah of ADBU: in Synthesis and Characterization of nano-materials

Prof. Utpal Sarma of TU and Dr. Y. Jayanta Singh of ADBU: in the area of language processing.

Professors P.J. Mahanta and M.A. Kalam of TU and Dr. Riju Sharma, Dr. Paul Pudussery and C.M. Paul of ADBU: joint projects and exchange programmes in the areas of Social Work, Education, and Mass Communication.

A project of the Salesians of Don Bosco (SDB) Guwahati, ADBU was set up in 2008 with the objective of promoting technical excellence and holistic development of the human person.

Presently, Don Bosco Group is working in 132 countries catering to over nine million young people worldwide.

Don Bosco Tech India has been recognized as the single largest provider of technical education in India, second only to the government. There are more than 125 Salesian Technical & Vocational Training Institutes and some 45 colleges established in India. Scores of non-formal training centres, agricultural training centres, relief and rehabilitation centres, literacy centres and shelters for street children in India are managed by the group.

The TU established in 1994 offers employment oriented and interdisciplinary courses to meet the regional to national aspirations and the development of the state of Assam. It also promotes research in areas which are of special and direct relevance to the region and in the emerging areas in Science and Technology.  
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